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Huawei Mate SE is a rebranded Honor 7X destined for the US

Huawei Mate SE is a rebranded Honor 7X destined for the US

By Max Langridge

Huawei has quietly launched the Mate SE in the US, although it's not exactly the brand new device it makes out to be. The Mate SE is essentially a rebranded Honor 7X, but with an extra gigabyte of RAM. Honor 7X initial review: Adding 18:9 screen X factor... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming
4.0 stars

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming

By Chris Hall

Google stepped away from the Nexus family in 2016 and launched the Pixel smartphones, adopting the line of the previous Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C and presenting a Google-designed premium product.The Pixel 2 XL is the second-gen, looking to replace... Read more

Stunning new Essential Phone model debuts as an Amazon exclusive

Stunning new Essential Phone model debuts as an Amazon exclusive

By Elyse Betters

Essentially really wants you to buy its phone.So, here's the deal: Essential just announced limited-edition colours of the Essential Phone, which are called Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. And they're gorgeous. Now, the company has announced... Read more

LG's next flagship is codenamed Judy and might show up this June

LG's next flagship is codenamed Judy and might show up this June

By Elyse Betters

LG's mobile strategy is confusing.It's supposedly now working on a new smartphone design, which is codenamed Judy, and it will be a follow-up to the LG G6 and LG V30.Let's back up for a minute: In early 2018, LG Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin announced that... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills

By Chris Hall

If you're a Samsung Galaxy Note user, then you'll know there's been a trend for the stylus-wielding series to take what the latest Galaxy S smartphone has started and to enhance upon it, while also debuting some new features.However, when the Note 7... Read more

Amazing Nokia 7 Plus hands-on pic leaks

Amazing Nokia 7 Plus hands-on pic leaks

By Rik Henderson

With Mobile World Congress only a couple of weeks away, more is being revealed about the Nokia phones we expect to launch there.One of those is the Nokia 7 Plus, which has been subject to a couple of great leaks recently.We've seen a list of specifications... Read more

You can finally get the Moto Z2 Play with Gamepad mod in the UK, exclusive to Three

You can finally get the Moto Z2 Play with Gamepad mod in the UK, exclusive to Three

By Rik Henderson

Three has announced that it will be exclusively ranging the Moto Z2 Play with the Gamepad mod to make it into a handheld games console.We reviewed the Moto Z2 Play in July last year. It impressed us how well it runs for a reasonably priced device, but... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 specs, release date, rumours and news: Everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S9 specs, release date, rumours and news: Everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

We know that Samsung's next flagship smartphone will be called the Samsung Galaxy S9 and will be joined by the S9+, a larger model.Samsung hasn't been shy about sprinkling mentions of the names about; they were recently confirmed in Samsung's quarterly... Read more

Free PS4 with an Xperia phone on Sky Mobile from £25 a month

Free PS4 with an Xperia phone on Sky Mobile from £25 a month

By Rik Henderson

Sky Mobile is offering an amazing exclusive with its Sony Xperia tariffs. If you take a Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZ1, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact or Sony Xperia XA2 phone plus a Sky Mobile price plan, you are eligible for a free PlayStation 4 console... Read more

iPhone XI or iPhone X2: What's the story so far with the new 2018 iPhone?

iPhone XI or iPhone X2: What's the story so far with the new 2018 iPhone?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced three iPhones last year in the form of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X and now it's time to think about this year's new iPhones! The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus followed the traditional iPhone design and were essentially 'S' versions... Read more

Honor 9 Lite review: Setting a high bar for budget phones
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Honor 9 Lite review: Setting a high bar for budget phones

By Mike Lowe

With top-spec phones typically costing several hundred pounds, you'll be relieved to know there are increasing numbers of affordable options that don't scrimp on the design - such as the Honor 9 Lite, which retails for a penny shy of £200.A couple of... Read more

2018 iPhone X will come with smaller notch, claims Barclays

2018 iPhone X will come with smaller notch, claims Barclays

By Rik Henderson

The Apple iPhone X refresh for 2018 will have similar TrueDepth facial recognition on its front facing camera but with a smaller notch, claim analysts working for Barclays bank.Based on reports and meetings they had during CES in January, analysts Andrew... Read more

Huawei P Smart review: Smart design lacks performance to match
3.5 stars

Huawei P Smart review: Smart design lacks performance to match

By Cam Bunton

Huawei is a company that's increasingly hard to ignore when looking for a new smartphone. Regardless of what your budget is, the company has something available that's usually competitive, whether it's through its own-brand devices, or through its more... Read more

Essential Phone's new colours are gorgeous, but also very limited

Essential Phone's new colours are gorgeous, but also very limited

By Elyse Betters

Essential is trying to lure more people into buying its phone.The company has launched three limited-edition colours - and they're gorgeous. Essential is giving them a staggered release, starting with the "Ocean Depths" model on 15 February at 12pm PST,... Read more

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart assistant explained

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart assistant explained

By Chris Hall

Samsung's high-end Android phones, come with their own voice assistant called Bixby in addition to supporting Google Assistant.It's Samsung's attempt to take on the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa, with a new AI agent that's going... Read more

Nokia 7 Plus Android One handset and Nokia 1 press images leak ahead of MWC 2018

Nokia 7 Plus Android One handset and Nokia 1 press images leak ahead of MWC 2018

By Rik Henderson

Nokia is planning a handset avalanche this spring, it seems, with images of another two smartphones leaked online.We've already heard plenty about a likely Nokia 9 and a 2018 version of the Nokia 6, both of which expected to be officially unveiled at... Read more

What is Android One, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

What is Android One, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

By Elyse Betters

There are so many versions of Android it can get confusing.The latest flavour of Android is Android Oreo. But you may have also heard about "stock" Android and Android One and may not understand what they all are and how they differ.Well, stock Android... Read more

Compare the best SIM only deals in February 2018: Flash sale 100GB for £20

Compare the best SIM only deals in February 2018: Flash sale 100GB for £20

By Hassan Mohammed

Over the past few years, SIM-only contracts have seen something of a resurgence in the consumer market. There are at least two reasons for this. Firstly, carriers (or networks) don't make much money on selling phones, and so they can make practically... Read more

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?

By Max Langridge

Superfast 4G mobile data service is still developing in both coverage and speed capabilities.So why the need for 5G, especially when 4G connectivity speeds will be able to be faster than home fibre connections? We'll explain all below, but be aware -... Read more

These Samsung videos tease 3D emoji and other Galaxy S9 features

These Samsung videos tease 3D emoji and other Galaxy S9 features

By Elyse Betters

Samsung clearly doesn't care if everyone in the world learns everything about its forthcoming flagships ahead of their unveiling.Exhibit A: An official Samsung YouTube channel (Samsung Mobile Korea) has uploaded three teasers that strongly hint at several... Read more

This is the cheapest 100GB SIM-only data plan you can get anywhere

This is the cheapest 100GB SIM-only data plan you can get anywhere

By Dan Grabham

100GB of data for £20 a month. Sound good? That’s the stunning new SIM-only plan that Virgin Mobile has announced today as part of its new Flash Sale. You also get 5000 minutes, too.The 4G data deal replaces Virgin’s previous £25 for 20GB SIM-only... Read more

Qualcomm’s latest mobile modem promises ‘fibre-like internet speeds’

Qualcomm’s latest mobile modem promises ‘fibre-like internet speeds’

By Dan Grabham

The latest mobile modem from Qualcomm promises “fibre-like” speeds of up to 2Gbps. It’s coming to flagship phones late this year and into 2019.So if we get a Galaxy S10 next year it’s likely to be inside it.The Snapdragon X24 Gigabit LTE mobile... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport Animoji-like 3D emoji and stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport Animoji-like 3D emoji and stereo speakers

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who like the idea of Apple's Animoji feature - but prefer Samsung devices - will be happy to hear this latest rumour.Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus flagship smartphones will come with two new features: 3D emoji and stereo speakers,... Read more

HTC U12 specs, release date, rumours and news: Everything you need to know

HTC U12 specs, release date, rumours and news: Everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Some might say that HTC is slightly out of phase, launching the HTC U11 alongside a number of other flagship devices in 2017, but then launching the HTC U11+ late in 2017, so it arrives as other manufacturers are dropping prices and preparing 2018 launches. We're... Read more

Nokia 9 specs, release date, news and rumours: everything you need to know

Nokia 9 specs, release date, news and rumours: everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Before the Nokia 8 was launched, there was a lot of talk of there being two flagship handsets from Nokia or, more accurately, HMD Global. HMD is the licensee for the Nokia name on phones.Some went as far as saying that the Nokia 8 was going to launch... Read more

Huawei P20 or P11 specs, release date, rumours and news: Everything you need to know

Huawei P20 or P11 specs, release date, rumours and news: Everything you need to know

By Cam Bunton

Fewer companies have grown in stature as rapidly as Huawei. On a global scale, it's gone from being a company that builds devices for other companies, to being its own brand - with its own popular sub-brand (Honor) - within a few short years, and one... Read more

LG G7 specs, release date, news and rumours: What's the story so far?

LG G7 specs, release date, news and rumours: What's the story so far?

By Britta O'Boyle

LG normally releases two flagship phones a year, one in the form of the G-Series at the beginning of the year and the other in the form of the V-Series towards the latter half of the year.With that in mind, the LG G7 is the next smartphone expected to... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ Pro specs, release date, news and features: Plus Sony Xperia XZ2 latest

Sony Xperia XZ Pro specs, release date, news and features: Plus Sony Xperia XZ2 latest

By Chris Hall

Having ditched the Xperia Z naming, Sony has moved to the XZ name for its top line of phones. We're expecting some action in the XZ family VERY soon.Mobile World Congress (MWC) starts at the end of this month and it will play host to the unveiling of... Read more

Oppo R11s review: Super screen, except for one major flaw...
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Oppo R11s review: Super screen, except for one major flaw...

By Cam Bunton

Over the past few years we've seen Chinese smartphone manufacturers grow from strength to strength. Perhaps the biggest success story has been Huawei, along with its related Honor subsidiary brand. But while that Chinese giant has been making a name for... Read more

Sony Xperia H8266 spotted in benchmark test with Snapdragon 845 on board

Sony Xperia H8266 spotted in benchmark test with Snapdragon 845 on board

By Rik Henderson

We've had a few rumours about new Sony Mobile handsets on the build up to Mobile World Congress this month, with a Sony Xperia XZ Pro and Xperia XZ2 both on the cards.Now a handset has popped up on benchmark testing site AnTuTu and it could provide a... Read more

LG to introduce new smartphone AI at MWC 2018, coming to 2018 LG V30 first

LG to introduce new smartphone AI at MWC 2018, coming to 2018 LG V30 first

By Rik Henderson

LG has announced that it will be bringing its own smartphone artificial intelligence to handsets in the coming year, with a new, 2018 edition of the LG V30 revealed to be the first.It will be showing more at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end... Read more

Android P release date, rumours, news and features: Will the next Android be called Pistachio Ice Cream?

Android P release date, rumours, news and features: Will the next Android be called Pistachio Ice Cream?

By Dan Grabham

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is still rolling out to various Android phones, but that doesn't stop us wondering what will be in the next big update of Android, known as Android P. We've mused on what Android P could be finally called below... Read more

Samsung patent shows in-display fingerprint scanner, likely for Note 9

Samsung patent shows in-display fingerprint scanner, likely for Note 9

By Elyse Betters

It looks like Samsung is embracing in-display fingerprint readers.For instance, the forthcoming Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be Samsung’s first Android smartphone with an in-display fingerprint reader, according to a new report (translated) from China.... Read more

Next Android called Pistachio Ice Cream, will embrace the notch

Next Android called Pistachio Ice Cream, will embrace the notch

By Rik Henderson

Google is currently calling its next Android phone operation system Android Pistachio Ice Cream, it is reported.The name for Android P is being used internally and might not make it to the full consumer version, but it fits the usual dessert-based naming... Read more

Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019

Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019

By Elyse Betters

Everybody loves fast internet.Everything from smartphones to even our cars require speedy internet connections. Thankfully, a few years ago, 4G became a thing and made it easier for people to browse the web, send text messages, make phone calls, and even... Read more

Galaxy S9 price and pre-order info: What will Samsung's new handset cost?

Galaxy S9 price and pre-order info: What will Samsung's new handset cost?

By Dan Grabham

The Samsung Galaxy S9 price will be more than last year's S8, that seems certain. Last year's Galaxy S8 went on sale for £689, so we're expecting the S9 price to be around that point. We'd expect the US Galaxy S9 price to be around $699. Some reports... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 pre-registration now open, you can sign up for S9 or S9+ with Three now

Samsung Galaxy S9 pre-registration now open, you can sign up for S9 or S9+ with Three now

By Rik Henderson

We still have a couple of weeks to wait until Samsung officially unveils its latest flagship smartphones - the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ - however, you can pre-register your interest in either handset now.UK network Three has posted its... Read more

Best Broadband offers available in February 2018: Free BT Sports and up to £125 reward card

Best Broadband offers available in February 2018: Free BT Sports and up to £125 reward card

By Hassan Mohammed

Currently there are several broadband providers in the UK including BT, Virgin Media, Talk Talk, Plus Net, Sky, Post Office and EE.BT currently have an offer on some of their packages which offers you 18 months of BT Sports for free and it'll cost you... Read more

Forget the Galaxy S9, here are some specs for the 5G Samsung Galaxy S10

Forget the Galaxy S9, here are some specs for the 5G Samsung Galaxy S10

By Rik Henderson

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones will be officially unveiled on Sunday 25 February at a dedicated Unpacked event in Barcelona ahead of MWC 2018. However, that doesn't stop the rumour mill churning over their successor.The Samsung Galaxy... Read more

Apple iPhone SE2: Rumours, specs and everything else you need to know

Apple iPhone SE2: Rumours, specs and everything else you need to know

By Dan Grabham

Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 flagship phones might grab the headlines but there are still stacks of people out there buying smaller-screened mid-range devices like the iPhone SE.Apple realised post-iPhone 6 that there was no iOS alternative to those... Read more

Want to see Samsung's Galaxy S9+ phone in 'Coral Blue'? Here you go

Want to see Samsung's Galaxy S9+ phone in 'Coral Blue'? Here you go

By Elyse Betters

Samsung hasn't unveiled the Galaxy S9 yet, but you'd be forgiven if you thought otherwise, considering how often it's leaked out in recent weeks.We've seen reports with all sorts of leaked details about the upcoming device, as well as leaked images that... Read more

iPhone Battery Health explained: How to disable throttling with iOS 11.3

iPhone Battery Health explained: How to disable throttling with iOS 11.3

By Elyse Betters

Apple's upcoming iOS 11.3 update is going to be a big one.You see, Apple recently admitted it slows down processors used in iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, and iPhone SE. These phones have aging lithium-ion batteries that might cause random shutdowns.... Read more

Huawei to hold event on 27 March, likely for P20 phone unveiling

Huawei to hold event on 27 March, likely for P20 phone unveiling

By Elyse Betters

Huawei doesn't need MWC 2018 to announce new phones.Although the company will attend the mobile trade show later this month, it has decided to host its own press event just one month later, on 27 March, in Paris. Huawei has sent invites to the media,... Read more

98 best iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds 2018

98 best iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds 2018

By Elyse Betters

Picking out a new iPhone wallpaper can be challenging. It has to be crisp, beautiful, breath-taking, inspiring, bold, rich, and preferably all of the above! We've scoured the web looking for some of the coolest and best iPhone wallpaper backgrounds and... Read more

Moto X5 news, rumours and release date: everything you need to know

Moto X5 news, rumours and release date: everything you need to know

By Dan Grabham

Motorola Mobility has been part of Lenovo for four years now and has made several Moto X devices over that time, the first having been made in 2013 when Google owned this particular chunk of the classic Motorola company.However the last non-Moto Mod X-series... Read more

The best wireless chargers for the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The best wireless chargers for the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

By Cam Bunton

The iPhone has finally joined the Qi charging game, years after the first wireless charging smartphones came to market. Apple's iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X all have glass backs, with a conductive charging receiver hiding beneath them.It may be a little... Read more

Energizer Hardcase H550S continues powerful push into smartphone market

Energizer Hardcase H550S continues powerful push into smartphone market

By Rik Henderson

Energizer shocked some people, perhaps, with its Power Max P600S smartphone, announced in January. It delivered high specs for a low price and put the brand usually associated with consumer batteries on the smartphone map.Now, just weeks later it has... Read more

Amazon's discounted Prime Exclusive phones ditch the lock screen ads

Amazon's discounted Prime Exclusive phones ditch the lock screen ads

By Elyse Betters

The lock screen has become obsolete.Thanks to facial recognition and fingerprint sensors, most people don't really look at their lock screens anymore. Think about it. You pick up your iPhone X, and bam, you're in your phone. The device's Face ID technology... Read more

Samsung might pull an Apple and increase price of Galaxy S9 by a lot

Samsung might pull an Apple and increase price of Galaxy S9 by a lot

By Elyse Betters

Samsung wants to up the price of its flagship phone this year.According to TechRadar, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 will be £100 more expensive than last year's Galaxy S8, which launched at £689, and it'll be £220 more than 2016's Galaxy S7, which... Read more

The best budget phones 2018: cheap phones for under £200

The best budget phones 2018: cheap phones for under £200

By Britta O'Boyle

There are plenty of cheap phones out there, but just because you want a budget smartphone doesn't mean you have to compromise on features.There are some really top budget phones under £200 - often so good that many won't see why they should splash half... Read more